Our Materials: Organic Cotton

Why we believe is good for you

Cotton is very gentle on the skin due to its breathable nature and heat regulating properties, which will help your body maintain a comfortable temperature. It comes from the boll of a cotton plant which makes it a highly absorbent material. It is tear-resistant and hard-wearing making it very suitable for everyday wear and at Elementum we use it in a great part of the collection.

Why we believe is sustainable

Most of the environmental concerns which the conventional production of cotton faces have been overcome in the production of Organic Cotton while preserving the quality of the fabric and eliminating the negative impact.

One of the main things that differs organic cotton from regular cotton is that it doesn’t originate from GMO-seeds and the lack of pesticides, insecticides or fertilisers used in the process of farming. In this way farmers are kept from being exposed to harmful substances.

Furthermore while cotton is the most water consuming crop in the world, by requiring around 2,700 liters of water to produce a single t-shirt, organic cotton has reduced this number by 71% *. 

On the social spectrum organisations as the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) have established certifications ensuring the consumers that no pesticides, chemicals or GMO seed have been used in the production. However they do not only cover the manufacturing process but also the packaging, labelling, distribution and trading of the textiles. Hence ensuring that an environmental and social standard are being kept by producers.

Why we believe our Suppliers

Troficolor is a 65 year old company based in Lousado, Portugal.

Their fabrics have the following certifications:  OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100 Confidence in Textiles 7056CIT CITEVE tested for harmful substances, GOTS Global Organic Textile Standard , Better Cotton Initiative license. BCI Number; 1007817, Organic 100 Content Standard, Organic Blended. Content Standard. , Global Recycled Standard , Recycled 100 Claim Standard , Recycled Blended. Claim Standard. (CU 855953).

Polopique is a 80 year old company a based in Vilarinho, Portugal

They have the following certifications and licenses: OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100 Confidence in Textiles 1363CIT CITEVE tested for harmful substances, Better Cotton Initiative license. BCI Number; 1007817, GOTS Global Organic Textile Standard, Organic 100 Content Standard, Organic Blended Content Standard, Recycled 100 Claim Standard, Recycled Blended Claim Standard. (CU820360) 

Ecological textiles is 16 years old company based in Roermond, Netherlands. We meet the owner Marita long ago while we were still based in The Netherlands, she has always been committed to supply the best quality and sustainable fabrics. 

They have the following certifications: GOTS Global Organic Textile Standard. (no GMO, no harmful chemicals, no child labour, no dyes or inks that have been classified as allergenic).

GiBiTi is based in Prado, Italy. They are our Organic Cotton Yarn Supplier.

Their yarns have the following certifications: GOTS Global Organic Textile Standard GOTS, Better Cotton initiative, Global recycled standard.

Elementum pieces are designed as relationships. It is important to share with you all the connections they have, so that your relationship with your Elementum pieces will be as positive, slow, enjoyable and meaningful as it can be.

If you want to know more about our production and the materials we use check here or email us at contact@elementum.store we will be happy to give you more information.  

*According to http://aboutorganiccotton.org/